Three separate Kabul explosions kill five, wound two

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) — Three separate explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday killed at least five people and wounded two others, a police official said, amid a surge in violence in the war-torn country.

Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the first two explosions took place 15 minutes apart and a third targetting a police vehicle took place two hours later.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts. The majority of bomb attacks in the capital Kabul in recent months have been sticky bombs – explosive devices with magnets attached to vehicles and detonated by remote control or timer.

The second explosion targetted a car in a northwestern Kabul neighbourhood in which national soldiers were travelling, killing two soldiers. A civilian passerby was also killed.

The third explosion destroyed a police car in western Kabul killing two police officers. Meanwhile, the first blast targetted a civilian car wounding both travellers inside the vehicle.

Kabul police said investigations were underway.

Afghanistan has seen a nationwide spike in bombings, targetted killings and violence on the battlefield as peace negotiations in Qatar between the Taleban and the Afghan government stalled.

The Islamic State group’s local affiliate claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, but many go unclaimed, with the government putting the blame on the Taleban. The insurgents denied responsibility for most of the attacks.

Security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. PHOTO: AP